Training Opportunity For Freelance Journalists

An organization called A Culture of Safety, on whose board I sit, is offering important training to any journalist who covers potentially dangerous regions–and today, that means most of the world. Here is the application form. HEFAT stands for Hostile Environments and Emergency First-Aid Training. ACOS and allied media organizations are subsidizing the costs of the training and the travel to Britain. We believe that every journalist should receive the necessary training to avoid repeats of the James Foley murder in Syria. The news industry has rallied in support of that cause.

Here are the details:

The ACOS Alliance, in collaboration with FFR and RPT, is offering 10 bursaries (scholarships) for freelancers to have access to a 5 day HEFAT course in the UK. The course will take place from 20- 24 November, in Oxfordshire. Applicants should fill out the ACOS Standard Application Form by Friday 27 October.
In line with the ACOS Principles, the course is designed to help journalists covering conflict or exposed to safety challenges in their work to be better prepared. Provided by AK&P, the course is delivered by different experts and it covers digital security, sexual harassment and emotional trauma and self-care. It blends discussion with practical and written assignments and exercises with a focus on immersive training. Participants will learn the principles of security allowing them to be more effective and better able to get the story without becoming the story. A vital element of this course is the medical training. Experienced and qualified medics will teach life saving techniques with a focus on working in remote regions. Upon successfully completing this course, participants will receive a level 3 certificate in First Response Emergency Care and AK&P will issue an attendance certificate.

ACOS is covering the course fee, while RPT will support a limited number of travel grants. FFR is helping with the administration and selection of bursaries. AK&P is able to offer us a discounted fee thanks to the participation of news organizations, like ACOS signatory The Guardian.  

If you have any queries, please contact
Elisabet Cantenys
Executive Director, ACOS Alliance
Skype: ‘ACOS Alliance’

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